New Canaan author and linguist Saúl Sibirsky will speak on “My Life of Free Thinking” at the Nov. 9 “Sound Off” meeting of the Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County.

A native of Uruguay, Sibirsky is a Spanish-English interpreter and translator and was formerly a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and international consultant in Ecuador. He retired from the Connecticut State Department of Education as a bilingual vocational education and training consultant. His doctoral dissertation was published as two books, “Qué es la cultura (What Culture Is)” in Argentina, and “Letras y cultura de La Promesa (The Literature and Culture of La Promesa)” in Ecuador. He recently co-wrote “Language into Language. Cultural, Legal and Linguistic Issues for Interpreters and Translators.”

Sibirsky says his life is predictable only at both ends of it, with the rest interpreted differently by everyone who knows him.

The popular Sound Off is an opportunity for members of HFFC to give presentations on topics of personal interest relating to humanism. Upcoming speakers and themes include: Renee Kahn, “Anti-Humanism in the Current Art Scene”; Richard Siddall, “Secular Sobriety”; and Cary S. Shaw, “The Inspiring Personal Message of Humanism.”

The event is to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Silver Star Diner at 210 Connecticut Ave in Norwalk. It is free and open to the public. Food and drink are available for purchase from the diner.

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County, Connecticut, espouses Reason and Compassion, seeks to promote Humanism and free thought. It meets on the second Monday of each month, with speakers, discussion, and social time. More information is available at